Ma Tzu The Empty Mirror ~ 06
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|event type||discourse & meditation|
|date & time||21 Sep 1988 pm|
|location||Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune|
|audio||Available, duration 1h 31min. Quality: good.|
Osho leading meditation from 1:09:15.
Live music after the discourse.
|video||Available, duration 1h 33min. Quality: good.|
|online text||find the PDF of this discourse|
- Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
- The sutra
- Ma Tzu was noted for his resourcefulness in finding expedient means of working with his disciples. This is illustrated by his conversion of Shih-kung, who was originally a hunter, loathing the very sight of Buddhist monks. One day, as he was chasing after a deer, he passed by Ma Tzu's monastery. Ma Tzu came forward to meet him. Shih-kung asked him whether he had seen any deer pass by.
- Ma tzu asked, "Who are you?"
- "A hunter," he replied.
- "Do you know how to shoot?" queried Ma Tzu.
- "Of course I do," replied the hunter.
- "How many can you hit with one arrow?" asked Ma Tzu.
- "One arrow can only shoot down one deer," said Shih-kung.
- "In that case, you really don't know how to shoot," Ma Tzu commented.
- The hunter then asked Ma Tzu, "Does your reverence know how to shoot?"
- Ma Tzu replied, "Of course I do."
- "How many can you kill with one arrow?" the hunter asked.
- "I can kill a whole flock with a single arrow," answered the master.
- At this, Shih-kung said, "The beasts have life as you do: Why should you shoot down a whole flock?"
- Ma Tzu said, "Since you know this so well, why don't you shoot yourself?"
- Shih-kung answered, "Even if I wanted to shoot myself, I would not know how to manage it."
- At this point, Ma Tzu remarked, "This fellow has accumulated klesa from ignorance for numberless aeons. Today the whole process has come to a sudden stop."
- Tossing his arrows and bows to the ground, Shih-kung became a monk and a disciple of Ma Tzu.
- Some time later, when Shih-kung was working in the kitchen, Ma Tzu asked him what he was doing.
- "I am tending an ox," the disciple answered.
- "How do you tend it?" asked Ma Tzu.
- Shih-kung replied, "As soon as it returns to the grass, I ruthlessly pull it back by its nostrils."
- This won great approval from the master, who remarked, "You certainly know the true way of tending an ox!"
- Question 1
- Our Beloved Master, there could never have been a master more resourceful in finding expedient means of working with his disciples than you.
- Who else would create a concoction of zany anecdotes, serious sutras, wild dancing, automated animals, jokes, gibberish and silence such as you serve up each evening?
- In the context of you, somehow everything feels so absolutely right.
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